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Charest Denies Illegal Party Financing, Report Linking Him To SNC-Lavalin

11/22/2014 01:53 EST | Updated 01/22/2015 05:59 EST
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MONTREAL - Former Quebec premier Jean Charest is denying a report linking him to a political fundraising scheme with engineering giant SNC-Lavalin in the year before he took office.

Charest, who was premier from 2003 to 2012, says he has never participated in any illegal party financing activity.

Charest made the comments in a statement following a Radio-Canada report Friday that said Quebec's anti-corruption police unit is looking into whether he was involved in a financing operation with SNC-Lavalin in 2002.

According to Radio-Canada, Charest and a Quebec Liberal Party fundraiser approached SNC-Lavalin's chairman as part of an effort to raise $50,000 from the firm's employees.

Radio-Canada says it wasn't able to determine whether the Liberals ever got the money. SNC-Lavalin denies any wrongdoing.

Charest says the report reconstructs events of 12 years ago in a "tendentious" manner.

The Quebec Liberals were among several political parties to have been accused of illegal financing during testimony at the province’s Charbonneau inquiry into corruption.

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